ORIGINS: Content & Form
Featuring: Luzhen Qiu, Chongzhang Zhou (周崇涨) and Shulin Sun
Opening Reception – Sunday, January 13, 12:30-3 p.m.
January 13 – February 21
Each artist finds meaning inspired by Chinese culture and ancient Chinese philosophies. Traditional Chinese practice is an integral part of the artistic process that comes from a non-western perspective entailing significant differences of visual culture.
Traditional Western painting depicts nature as the external physical world. Often the goal of landscape art is to paint a close likeness that shows emotions within the scene. It has a strong emphasis on naturalism or realism. Traditional Chinese art emphasizes the artist’s thoughts and feelings. It focuses on the internalization of the subject. It also reflects a spiritual closeness and fusion of the artist within the environment. This approach springs from Tao philosophies and I Ching methodology. The I Ching influences different forms of art and gives aesthetic expression to one’s unity with nature. Tao is the absolute principle underlying the universe, combining within itself the principles of yin and yang and signifying the way that is in harmony with the natural order.
The influence of Chinese philosophy and culture does not require accuracy or realism. Instead, artists use techniques such as free-flowing lines, shifting perspectives, macroscopic views, reserving the white and visual poems to present a meaningful representation and also express their inner self.
At the Opening
Xiao Dong Wei
Don’t miss a musical performance by Kresge Artist Fellow Xiao Dong Wei, who will be playing traditional Chinese instruments, the Guzhengand Erhu.She has been a guest soloist with DSO and currently teaches Chinese music ensemble at the University of Michigan.
Sunday, January 13, 12:30 – 1 p.m.
SEE MORE ABOUT XIAO DONG WEI: https://vimeo.com/62347232
In the Upper Gallery: ORIGINS
A group exhibition featuring 29 artists sharing stories of heritage and life’s beginnings.
Exhibition Sponsors: Nancy & James Grosfeld, Barbara & Douglas Bloom, Sophie (z”l) Pearlstein
Join us for an exciting series of workshops with Alice V. Schneider! All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Sundays, 12:30 – 3:30 pm. Adult: $40, Child: $20
Registration deadline is 5 days before the date of the workshop! To Register call 248-432-5579 or click here.
Jan 20th – Watercolor Animal Paintings
We'll be exploring different techniques and additives with the watercolor medium and focusing on animals as a theme. Please bring a photo reference to work from (online pictures work great)… please note that natural light is the best with a ¾ profile (meaning not straight on or fully on the side).
The workshop is open to adults, and children accompanied by a supervising adult. The workshop will be easy enough for beginners, but more experienced artists will be able to make more elaborate paintings from the basic materials.
Jan 27th – Charcoal Figure Drawing (Adults Only)
Charcoal is used in art for drawing and often making rough sketches in paintings. It must usually be preserved by the application of a fixative. Powdered charcoal is often used to "tone" or cover large sections of a drawing surface. Drawing over the toned areas darkens it further, but the artist can also lighten (or completely erase) within the toned area to create lighter tones.
The workshop will be easy enough for beginners, but more experienced artists will be able to make more elaborate drawings from the basic materials. There is no live model at this workshop. We will have a nude figure model book to choose references from, but please bring images that inspire you.
Feb 3rd – Portrait Painting
We will be painting with acrylic on an 8”x10” canvas. Please bring a photo reference to work with. The workshop will be easy enough for beginners, but more experienced artists will be able to make more elaborate paintings from the basic materials.
Feb 10th – Felted Valentines
This is a great event for the whole family! We’re going to play with needle felting and make some valentines hearts by putting wool fibers together on foam with needles. It’s an easy and fun craft. There will be samples and books on hand for inspiration.
The workshop is open to adults, and children over the age of 10 and a supervising adult must accompany them. The workshop will be easy enough for beginners, but more experienced artists will be able to make more elaborate felted art from the basic materials. We will provide all the supplies needed to make a felted heart. We strongly suggest you bring some ideas and materials of your own. Please reach out beforehand if you have any questions!